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EOS Bodies / 5D2 for a day after 5D3 for 6 months
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:53:15 PM »
The 5D2 I loved for so long was in my hands for a day from its current owner after using the 5D3 for the last 6 months.

Thinking back of all the hype and hot discussions on features, I'm left with a very clear understanding what I missed most about the 5D3 - or rather, its greatest benefits for me:

1. Programmable DOF (Switching between servo and one-shot) on RIGHT hand side - I was shocked at how crippled I felt with the 5D2
2. Much more flexible auto ISO in manual mode - really could not use it at all due to its range limitation
3. 6400+++ ISO noise. Wow wow.

Its really amazing how quickly we adapt to new tools, and how difficult it is to go back to what was recently as comfortable as your fav slippers / jeans / etc... very happy to be back in my new old comfy zone.

Anyone have similar experience?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D manual is ready to download
« on: November 28, 2012, 10:27:00 AM »
I'm pretty sure that they will have 2 versions on the camera in countries that the wireless spectrums used are not a) avail legal for consumer product use.  I think the same has been talked about already for the rt-600 flash.

Quite true. I was in Moscow last week and a photo shop had both the RT and non RT versions of the 600 flash in the display case. About $140 usd equivalent price diff between the two - eitherway, both CRAZY overpriced.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro
« on: November 27, 2012, 05:40:05 PM »
Putting IS aside, ive been happy with the 100/2 - but have always had the "wondering" nag.

Anyone own(ed) both and could shed some light on this?? T.I.A.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Dii auto iso stuck on 400.
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:31:15 PM »

You won't see this in 5D III or newer cameras. AF system + fixed Auto ISO in M mode are two main reasons I switched from 5D II to 5D III.
+1

I was always flipping between av &  tv _-wishing auto iso. Would work it's wonders.    This was a major point with the 5D3 for me.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you Love about the 5D3? POLL!
« on: November 11, 2012, 02:29:16 AM »
Low light - high ISO
silent shutter
Programmable DOF button on right as 1shot/servo switch

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Convince me to shoot in RAW
« on: November 10, 2012, 12:48:56 AM »
What started out as an experiment with a 5D3 and an EyeFi card turned into a workflow.
Raw to CF, JPG (medium) to eyeFi SD, with transfers going to a mini w/ plasma tv / projector output.

Ironically, the jpgs at the end of the event are what's kept. But it bread to be able to go back to the Raws.

My2c

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Lenses / Re: Will canon make an 85f2 IS?
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:12:16 PM »
Interesting... for some reason, I was convinced that the 28 2.8 IS is a replacement for the 1.8 ...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Would I benefit from going full frame?
« on: November 07, 2012, 03:18:31 AM »
I have an APS-C setup with the 7D and 10-22 and 17-55 2.8. I have considered moving to FF with the recent reduction in prices of the 5DII and the 6D being announced, but here's the dilemma:
1. I am quite happy with the IQ of the 7D up to ISO 1600, but the noise above that is bad. So indoor photography without flash suffers. That is the main reason for my FF considerations.
2. I am aware that if I move to FF, I will have to trade my EF-S lenses for FF equivalents. My lenses will hold their value and I can get the 24-105 and 17-40 without losing any money (cannot afford the 24-70 II). But while the 24-105 is very good lens, I am not so sure about the 17-40. I didn't like the copy I owned (and I used it on a 5DII as well). And, I cannot afford the 16-35 II. Additionally, if I use f/4 after moving to FF- what do I gain over using f/2.8 in APS-C?:
3. I did like using the 5DII for the short time I had it and the images were very nice, especially since I almost exclusively use the center AF point, but I do use the high-speed mode a lot on my 7D and I will certainly miss it (and again, cannot afford the 5DIII).

So given these circumstances, is there something I would gain by going FF with a 5DII/6D with a 24-105/17-40 (that offsets my loss of fps) or should I wait until I can afford the 5DIII/24-70II/16-35II? I am sure many of you have gone this route- your advice will be greatly appreciated.

Foreword: my comments, are for the most part, lens agnostic.

 had the 7D for about 18 minths before jumping in on the 5D2.  The only reason was low light / high ISO noise. And this was a huge issue for me.

With the 5D2 I often found myself changing to a manual prefocusing strategy - and shooting more frames. And while that's more work, and more misses in high motion scenes, the keepers were brilliant.

While I had both bodies, the 10-22 was my only efs - so the transition was fairly easy (still haven't replaced that uwa).

Once I got my brain around the 5D2 tricks, I was using it 80/20 along with the 7D.

7D for good reach good light fast action, 5D2 for everything else.

5D3 is really the best of both worlds (less extra reach). I am constantly amazed how often I push to 12800 (even at 1.4), and get pleasing results.

My only regret with the 5D2 is that I did not take the FF plunge a couple of year earlier. 



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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 07:35:10 PM »
Pricing at $850 for the 24-70 f4 is wishful thinking.... 

This thing might be closer to $1700.

Have you guys not seen recent Lens pricing? They want to make more money and the 24-105 is perhaps their best selling EF lens... if they can migrate the users to a 2x priced 24-70 F4L then they will do it. The new lens should have better resolution and contrast compared to the 24-105 which would remain as the budget general purpose till it disappears or becomes the replacement for the 28-135mm

"Eventually" the price of the 24-70 F4L may drop a bit, but not for a while...   They will Milk it!

The pricing on the original source page shows:
24-70/4 : 145,000 yen (~1800$)
35/2 IS: 74,000 (f~900$)

ouch! - esp on the 24-70!  No low budget if this holds true.  35/2 IS seems in line with recent 24 & 28 pricing.

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Lenses / Hold out for EF 35/2 IS or jump in with classic 35 1.4L
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:47:10 AM »
I've been lusting for the 35/1.4 since I gave away (to old friend w new baby - shooting w T2i) my 2nd 28/1.8 in July. Just as I was bout to pull the trigger - whammo - options options.

Many rumors of updates for the ol' 35 but that was not an issue for me as it is a great lens - Now!

In comparison, I shoot the 50/1,4 at 2.0+ most of the time. Opening up in really bad light.

In a bizzare state of excitement and confusion over this one. I'll hold off for a couple of days to cool down a bit and review in a sane state of mind.

It doesn't seem that the new 35/2 IS would be a replacement for the 1.4.... Am I wrong??

Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: EOS 6D Recording Video & Sound
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:13:19 PM »
On the post/edit side - look at PluralEyes (RedGiant has purchased them recently - bit support seems to be as good if not better). It will help you sync multicam & audio - quickly!

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Free and Inexpensive Video Editors
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:10:29 PM »
You can do the Adobe subscription type of thing with Premiere Pro - I think it's somewhere between 20-30$ / month.

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Lenses / Re: Two Lenses to be Announced Shortly.....
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:07:05 PM »
If the 50 IS comes - it will be 2.0 or slower. We seem to be getting slower with IS on new glass.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 31, 2012, 12:15:25 PM »
All specs aside, I really think that this is a knee-jerk reaction to the market / sales.

With the Tamron getting to market first, many fans held out.  But as delays came on folk began to jump ship - especially when the price was verified by the vendors.

With the v1 24-70 gone, all of the sudden sales are down, even with a proported fatter margin on the v2.

We've all read the rumors that there was an IS version being tested - but this all went out the window once the v2 was Announced.

I disagree. It's not like they could design/test/set-up for manufacturing all since the 24-70 MkII came out. That's too little time for such a reaction. I'd be very surprised if they ever update the 24-105L after this new lens is on the market. With rationalisation of their zoom range, Canon's new blurb after December:

"Complementing the EF 17-40mm f4L USM and EF 70-200mm f4L USM, the 24-70 f4L IS STM lens completes Canon's f4L-series zoom lens range."

I didn't mean to imply that Canon shot this right out quick. It was obviously (if rumor translates to release) one of the variants being tested before the v2 lens was formally announced. Some mods to rework its positioning and wala!


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 31, 2012, 03:20:54 AM »
All specs aside, I really think that this is a knee-jerk reaction to the market / sales.

With the Tamron getting to market first, many fans held out.  But as delays came on folk began to jump ship - especially when the price was verified by the vendors.

With the v1 24-70 gone, all of the sudden sales are down, even with a proported fatter margin on the v2.

We've all read the rumors that there was an IS version being tested - but this all went out the window once the v2 was Announced.

Many consumers will prefer to stay away from off brand even at f4 vs f2.8.  I would expect simpler housing, pricing iine with Tamron VC 2.8 24-70.

Kit option - possibly.

Another marketing gimmick - "you don't need 2.8 anymore - just push your ISO - it will still look great - oh, you don't like the 3200 on 7D or rebel ? Well there are the new low noise high ISO bodies just for that. Buy the new body, save on the lens."

Ok - so I'm taking the conspiracy apple box stand.

We a bit jaded as far as lens prices go - and should try to step back and see this from a mass market POV. That is, after all, where this lens is targeted.

If and when there is something to consider - we will. Just take a look at the harsh 6D reactions from the announcement, and now people slowly peeping in "I'm considering it"

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